Musculoskeletal (MSK) Triage Service helps with all conditions to do with your bones, joints, spine, muscles and ligaments. The aim of the service is to ensure that people get the right treatment as soon as possible. The service covers physiotherapy, rheumatology, pain management and orthopedics. The service is run by physiotherapists. It provides a full MSK assessment and treatment service, including tests such as x-rays where required. This service makes sure you are seen by the right person for your condition as quickly as possible. It offers access to a range of suitable treatments and options for your care. It treats you as a person, and makes sure you are involved in all your treatment decisions. The service will work with you to achieve the best outcomes for you.
What happens at my appointment?
An experienced professional will make a full assessment of your condition. This will include finding out about the effect your condition is having on your life and your plans. If necessary, you will be referred for additional tests. After this, the service will organise what happens next.
What treatment might I have?
Many MSK conditions will not need an operation. The MSK triage team will usually offer self-help advice and exercises to help you manage your condition yourself. Other treatments could include:
- Exercise classes
- Pain management group sessions
- Injection therapy
- Referral to a consultant in pain management, rheumatology or orthopaedics.
If you need to be referred to a consultant the team will discuss with you to confirm and referral will then be sent to a consultant of your choice .Following assessment and/or treatment, we will write to your GP withfull information about your care. You will also be given advice, where relevant, on how to deal with your condition in the future or prevent further problems.